WDWD1003FZEX
SeagateST250DM000

Release date: Q4 2013.

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Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 131,025 user samples
116,193 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 176GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
14,832 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 76% 461GB free
Worst Bench: 20% 189GB free (System drive)
Poor: 20% Great: 76%
SPEED RANK: 249th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.8 % Much faster effective speed.
+51%
55.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+53%
101 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+45%
96.4 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.22 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+103%
0.6 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+103%
1.23 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.6 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+70%
51.6 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+55%
0.71 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
137 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+49%
92.1 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+50%
135 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+33%
132 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+114%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+58%
1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
112 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+68%
66.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
180 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+36%
132 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 19,797,013 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.83 % Hugely higher market share.
+592%
0.12 %
Value
Value For Money
28 % Hugely better value.
+137%
11.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
75 % Much more popular.
+47%
51 %
Price
Price (score)
$60 $23 Much cheaper.
+61%
Age
Newest
71 Months 67+ Months Slightly more recent.
+6%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 250GB
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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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